The cast of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Courtesy photo
Cast members in a clown workshop scene, from left, Alexis Perry, Stuart Rupprecht, Zachary Brounstein, Zachary Brounstein and Jess Cullinan. Courtesy photo
Cast members Trisha Werner as Guildenstern and Don Monteith as Rosencrantz in a box. Courtesy photo
Rehearsals for Los Alamos Little Theatre’s spring production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead are now underway.
This production of Tom Stoppard’s modern masterpiece features Don Monteith as Rosencrantz, Trisha Werner as Guildenstern, Jess Cullinan as the Player, and Patrick Webb as Hamlet. The cast also features Zachary Brounstein, Ian Foti-Landis, Alex L’Esperance, Alexis Perry, and Stuart Rupprecht as the Tragedians. John Cullinan directs. John Gustafson is the producer.
In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them. This Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end. Director Cullinan calls this play, “the funniest tragedy ever written,” and is pleased that this production is timed in line with the 50th anniversary of Tom Stoppard’s biggest hit.
In service of the play’s comedic elements, the production was thrilled to welcome Sarah-Jane Moody of Wise Fool New Mexico to lead some of the company in a day of clown training. Members of the cast worked with Sarah-Jane to release their “inner clown,” learning to move, emote, and vocalize while hiding behind the clown’s red nose, “the world’s smallest mask.”
Rehearsals continue through April. The play opens Friday, April 28th, and continues for three weekends. Performances take place Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. A Sunday matinee will be presented on May 7th at 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale soon, and are $14 for adults, $12 for students/seniors. The Performing Arts Center is at 1670 Nectar St. Visit Los Alamos Little Theatre online at lalt.org.